U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) his upped the ante with his rhetoric by mocking Attorney General William Barr, whom he called a “chicken” — and the Democrat held up a chicken statue and ate fried chicken for effect.
Breitbart reported on the tirade at a press conference by the Memphis congressman. The remarks came after Barr said he would not attend a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report showing there was no collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice.
#ChickenBarr won’t be appearing before @HouseJudiciary tomorrow. The Attorney General shouldn’t be afraid of taking questions from counsel or members. Contemptible behavior. Fortunately, we have subpoenas ready. pic.twitter.com/a4QecbqcHN
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) May 1, 2019
The Commercial Appeal reported that Cohen brought the chicken statue and a KFC bucket to the hearing.
Barr reportedly refused to attend the hearing because House Democrats demanded that staff attorneys, in addition to lawmakers, be allowed to question Barr over his summary of the Mueller report — a condition that Barr refused to comply with.
Before the morning hearing started, however, Cohen ate the chicken in his KFC bucket, Fortune reported.
Regarding his analogy, Cohen said in a press release, “The message is Attorney General Bill Barr is not brave enough to answer questions from a staff attorney and members of the Judiciary Committee. A legitimate attorney general would not refuse to appear at an oversight hearing but Barr is fearful our questions would expose his duplicity and prove once again that he is the president’s fixer, not the nation’s top law enforcement official. While the props were in gest, (sic) I am acutely aware of how close we are to a serious Constitutional crisis when the executive branch essentially declines to have its actions reviewed by Congress, a co-equal branch of our government.”
Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, where he said the Mueller team investigated the president “exhaustively” and did not find any evidence of collusion or obstruction.
MSNBC interviewed Cohen about his props, in which the congressman said, “I think the attorney general deserves no respect.”
The video is available here.
This is not the first time Cohen has disrespected another public official.
Last July, Cohen said he wished President Donald Trump would tell Marsha Blackburn, who was running for the Senate, to jump off a bridge in Memphis, as The Tennessee Star reported previously.
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